Pilates: Fitness, fun, and the fight against arthritis

May is National Arthritis Awareness month! In recognition of this, we would like to share with you some of the ways Pilates practice can help manage symptoms of arthritis.

The Power of Pilates

Many people engage in Pilates for its fitness benefits such as, improved strength, flexibility, and endurance. However, what many people may not realize is that unlike other forms of cardio exercise, Pilates offers a plethora of other health and wellness related benefits. There have been many cases made for Pilates contribution to stress relief, alleviating discomforts of pregnancy, and even minimizing chronic arthritis pain.

Illuminating ArthritisREV Pilates students practicing on reformers.

Arthritis, although common, is not always well understood. One misconception surrounding the disease is that there is only one type of Arthritis. There are in fact over 100 types of arthritis, the most common is Osteoarthritis, which results from the degradation of protective cartridge around joints over. Another misconception is that exercise can be detrimental for those suffering from arthritis. Again, this is far from the truth. Properly performed exercises are a doctor-recommended treatment method for managing mild to moderate pain from osteoarthritis.

Pilates & Arthritis: Management and prevention

Pilates is a low-impact fitness routine with a focus on core muscles, flexibility, and precise, controlled movements. For these reasons, Pilates instruction creates an ideal environment to exercise in for individuals living with arthritis. Remember to talk to your doctor about fitting exercise into your arthritis treatment plan before beginning Pilates. The benefits of Pilates includes:

  • Strengthening muscles around joints:

Regular Pilates practice will improve strength for its users. This is beneficial to those suffering from arthritis as improved muscles growth around joints can help support and protect those joints, reducing pain. However, it is important not to exercise the same muscles more than once every two days.

  • Controlling weight:

Pilates exercises facilitates weight-loss in a gentle, low-impact environment, safe for arthritis sufferers. Maintaining a healthy weight level will place less pressure on joints.

  • Improving joint range of motion:

Stretching and range-of-motion exercises can reduce stiffness and enhance range of mobility in joints. These kind of exercises can be performed daily.

  • Lubricating joints:

Proper Pilates exercise can facilitate the production of synovial fluid. This fluid reduces friction between the bones of a joint, easing pain.

Students on reformers during a class at REV Pilates.Tips for getting started

Remember not to push yourself to hard. It’s better to do a few under control exercises than too many with improper form. Also remember to balance activity with rest, and give your muscles a couple days to recover.

 

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For more information about Arthritis, visit: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php

To get more information on Pilates and start your Pilates routine, visit https://revpilatesgym.com/get-started/